Leo! Julia! Meryl! Sandra! But no Oprah?
When the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) announced the Golden Globe nominations for excellence in film and television early this morning, we were shocked — shocked! — that power person Oprah Winfrey did not get her sure-thing, bet-the-farm nomination for Best Supporting Actress in "Lee Daniels' The Butler." And that's only snub No. 1!
1A. "The Butler" Gets Served
Oprah went down with the ship when her drama about the civil rights movement as seen through the decades-long tenure of a White House butler got royally snubbed. Forest Whitaker in the title role got no love, along with director Lee Daniels and screenplay. But, why? It's possible that it became a victim of the "12 Years a Slave" juggernaut — which received a leading seven nominations (tied for most with "American Hustle"). In a battle that recalls last year's duel between "Argo" and "Zero Dark Thirty," there just isn't enough room in the race for both.
2. James Gandolfini … "Enough Said"
Even though his co-star Julia Louis-Dreyfus scored a nod for Best Actress, Comedy, the moment to recognize Gandolfini posthumously for a sweet teddy-bear of a performance seemed like a must-do for the HFPA, especially coming a day after his peers in the Screen Actors Guild gave Gandolfini a nomination. But it didn't happen. Still, expect Louis-Dreyfus to share the honors and salute her friend on the campaign trail.
3. No Thanks From "Mr. Banks"
Disney's hope for an awards comeback stalls as the period piece about the making of "Mary Poppins" got shut out of Best Picture, Drama, along with Tom Hanks for a supporting nomination. The fabulous Emma Thompson now carries all the movie's weight in the Best Actress, Drama category — and becomes a sure thing for an Oscar nom.
4. "Philomena" and "Rush" Get Fast-Tracked
Both movies snuck into the Best Picture, Drama category ahead of snubbed favorites "Saving Mr. Banks" and "Dallas Buyers Club." "Philomena" has three noms, adding in Best Actress, Drama for Judi Dench and Best Screenplay, while "Rush" has two, with surprise supporting nominee Daniel Brühl.
5. Marty Left Out of the Party
Pundits wondered whether Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street" was screening too late for early awards consideration. That clearly wasn't the case, as the stylish finance flick made the cut in Best Picture, Comedy. But there was no love for its helmer, as Scorsese was left out of the Best Director race, which would've marked his 10th nomination.
6. Julie Delpy and Greta Gerwig Do Indie Chicks Proud
Multi-generational manic pixie dream girls Delpy ("Before Midnight") and Gerwig ("Frances Ha") get their props in the Best Actress, Comedy category. Could it be that both women helped their chances by writing their own roles?
7. The Coen Brothers Sing the Blues
The perennial awards favorites got overlooked as directors and screenwriters, even though "Inside Llewyn Davis" got Best Picture, Comedy recognition and star Oscar Isaac made the cut for Best Actor.
8. Supporting Actor Surprise Snubs
Good news for Daniel Brühl ("Rush") and Barkhad Abdi ("Captain Phillips") meant bad news for Jonah Hill for "The Wolf of Wall Street" and Tom Hanks for "Saving Mr. Banks." Hanks can at least take solace in the fact that he's up for Best Actor, Drama (for "Phillips") … and the fact that he's Tom Hanks.
The 71st Annual Golden Globes Awards, hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, will be broadcast live on NBC Jan. 12 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.